Andy Warhol, ‘Antoine Grunn’, 1981, Phillips

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From the Catalogue:
The point was always to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and come up with a likeness that was recognizable but that existed in a 'world that never was', a sort of lusty yet ethereal limbo where everyone was a star, not only for fifteen minutes, but, in this incarnation caught permanently on canvas, 'forever', as in 'Diamonds are forever'. (Henry Geldzahler, 'Andy Warhol: Virginal Voyeur', in Andy Warhol: Portraits, exh. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Anthony d'Offay, London, 1993, p. 26.)
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed, stamped by the Andy Warhol Authentication board Inc. and inscribed 'Andy Warhol A109.091' on the overlap

Private Collection, London
Sotheby’s, London, 1 July 2014, lot 247
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York